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knock back

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phrasal verb [transitive] informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyknock back
he/she/itknocks back
present participleknocking back
past tenseknocked back
past participleknocked back
  1. 1
    to drink alcohol quickly or in large amounts

    He knocked back two double vodkas.

  2. 2
    knock someone back British to cause problems or delays for someone

    One or two problems have knocked us back a couple of weeks.

  3. 4
    knock someone back something British if something knocks you back a particular amount of money, you have to pay that amount of money for it

    How much did the repairs knock you back?

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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